It is extremely conservative, filled with gossip and often contains unreliable information. It is published by Rupert Murdoch.
In fact, a couple months ago I posted an article about how angry many people were that the Post published a photo on its front page of a man who was about to be hit and killed by a New York City subway train.
Basically, if I see a person reading the NY Post on the subway, I think, "Wow, that person must really be a moron." There are rumors that Murdoch loses millions of dollars publishing the paper but that he doesn't care because the paper gives him a "voice" in the world's most dynamic city. Unfortunately for Murdoch, every intelligent person in this city seems to be disgusted by his newspaper and probably thinks he is a terrible, hate-filled human being.
In another truly strange story (yes this is the ESL blog for strange stories) the NY Post decided to attack John Galliano for "mocking" Hasidic Jews. What's an Hasidic Jew? I explain further down.
It turns out, as you can see from this link, that Galliano was not mocking Hasidic Jews, the NY Post just happens to seem to hate Galliano and wanted to try to destroy his career apparently.
Here's what he looked like:
Here's a Hasidic Rabbi (religious leader) from Brooklyn:
ignorantly - stupidly
The opposite of conservative is liberal.
unreliable - you can't trust it
a moron - the opposite of a genius. I'm guessing that many of the journalists for this "newspaper" are far from geniuses. Indeed, I wonder why a person would even take a job for a "newspaper" like this.
dynamic - exciting
If you are disgusted by something, it makes you feel sick
to mock - to make fun of someone or something
anti-Semitic - anti-Jewish
schmuck - is a Jewish term for "asshole" or idiot. "Schmuck" literally means a "penis." What is a penis? Guys have penises, ladies don't. :P Actually, the NY Post is such a bad paper that they misspelled "schmuck."
"Jew-bash" - Jew bashing is when someone verbally attacks Jews. If someone engages in gay-bashing, they are attacking gays.
"..he suffered mightily..." - he suffered a lot
semi-coherent - if you speak coherently, you make sense, or what you say is understandable. When Galliano attacked a couple Jewish ladies in Paris he was so drunk that he was semi or only partly coherent. If you listen to what he said on youtube, you can hear that he is very drunk and doesn't always make sense.
a rant - a tirade; if a person makes a rant he speaks angrily about a topic for awhile
rehab - rehabilitation; I guess it's a place where people get fixed up psychologically
to offend someone - to insult or hurt someone with words
"so why would he dig the hole deeper..." - why would he deliberately cause trouble and attack Jews again? Of course, he wouldn't.
birdcage lining - the author of this piece calls the NY Post "birdcage lining." This means she thinks the only useful function for the NY Post is to use it on the bottom of your birdcage.
an inflammatory article - an article meant to cause a lot of trouble or to make people angry. Inflammatory means something can start on fire easily.
prominent leaders - leaders who are well-known or famous
garb - clothing
dandyish - fancy; a dandy is a guy who dresses fancy
"you fucked up your anti-Jewish charge" - you messed up or ruined your attempt to make him seem anti-Jewish (The ADL is The Anti-Defamation League, a very powerful Jewish organization that attacks people who attack Jewish people. So this author is pointing out that the ADL is even saying that the NY Post is wrong.)
a distortion - something inaccurate
eccentric - strange
to atone for something wrong - to make up for something that a person did which was wrong
1) Do you think the NY Post made a mistake, or do you think they knew he was not "mocking" Jewish people?
There are lots of Hasidic Jews in New York City. Here's a chapter from my book that deals with Hasidic Jews.
New York City Sucks, But You'll Wanna Live Here Anyway
(definitions of boldface terms are under the reading passage)
My Japanese friend Naoko and I were chatting in a Starbucks and when one of these guys passed by she asked me: "Who the heck are these guys in the black coats and old fashioned hats with the big bushy beards and long curly sideburns?" I asked her, "Who do you think they are?" After some time she responded, "Are they circus magicians? I can't understand why there are so many circus magicians in New York City!" No, Naoko, these are Jewish folks, but a special type of Jewish folk. Let me explain.
Basically, you've got three types of Jewish folks in the USA. World-wide there are about 13 million Jews and about 6 million live in the USA. The three types of Jews are broken down into 3 basic groups: Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jews.
Orthodox Jews believe that at one time in history God gave the leader Moses various holy texts. These texts make up a big chunk of the Bible. So, basically, orthodox Jews believe that God wrote the Bible. So they follow all the stuff written in the Bible closely. The guys with the black hats are orthodox Jews and they wear the long sideburns because apparently somewhere in the Bible it says guys shouldn't shave the sides of their heads.
But it’s a little more complex than that. In New York you'll see, basically, two types of orthodox Jews. The guys are always more easily recognized. One type of orthodox Jewish guy will wear a little round cap on the top of his head. This is called a yah-mah-kah (but it's spelled yarmulka). From what a Jewish guy told me, in the old days, folks believed that God was in the sky and looking down at people. So the guys wear this because they don't want God to see the tops of their heads; that would be disrespectful. A Shanghainese girlfriend of mine who is kind of a smartass once said, "Oh, if they wear the hats so God can see them, why don't they write: 'Hello God!' or 'Hey, do you really exist?' on the tops of their yarmulkas." Ha ha ha - not funny. This is somebody's religion goddamn it!
Then there are the really, really orthodox Jewish folks and those guys wear the black hats, coats, beards and sideburns. They are called Hasidic Jews. I think of them as super orthodox. Basically, their version of Judaism began in Eastern Europe in the 1700s, primarily in Poland and Ukraine. From what I can understand, there were groups of Jewish folks who wanted a deeper religious experience and greater connection to God. These folks became the Hasidic Jews. They developed a whole new approach to Judaism involving more physical action and more emotion during prayer and a belief that God could be experienced through nature. They valued emotion more than reason and avoided a type of asceticism that pervades many religions. This was meant as a religion for the real world. This was a religion in which a person could derive meaning every single day in his/her life without avoiding life. It was meant to be a deeper engagement with life, as it exists, so that people could have a deeper connection to God.
Why do you see these guys in NYC and not Houston? I don't know. What I do know is that the nazis (God damn them, the lousy scum!) really hated these folks. They really tried to wipe all of them out in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust. So there are about 500,000 Hasidic Jews in the world and a big chunk of them live in Brooklyn. Go to Williamsburg and you'll see them. The guys are dressed the way guys used to dress in Europe around the time that their religion was formed and all orthodox Jewish women are expected to wear skirts or dresses that go below their knees and they should or even have to wear sleeves that go below their elbows.
The other types of Jewish folks? Reform Jews are much more liberal. They don't think the Bible was written by God. They acknowledge that people created the Bible throughout differing periods of time. You usually don't see reform Jews wearing yarmulkas etc. Conservative Jews developed because there were some Jewish people who didn't like either the orthodox or the reform approaches. Basically, conservative Jews think that people wrote the Bible but were inspired by God. This is what I’ve been able to figure out. You can do some reading on this religion if you wanna. I just want to explain who the guys with the coats, curly sideburns and hats are so you don’t think they work at a circus when you see them.
Ah! So then you might ask, What the heck is kosher food? I see all these kosher delis all over the place? Well, it looks as if the Bible distinguishes between clean animals which can be eaten and unclean animals that God would like people to avoid eating. So kosher food is considered clean food by Jewish folks. For some reason just about any type of fish is considered clean. Pigs are not considered clean and so orthodox Jews avoid pork. It looks as if the laws also forbid meat and milk to be combined in a meal. So orthodox Jews won't eat a sausage pizza or a cheeseburger. Also, orthodox Jews are not supposed to consume any type of blood. This is due to the ancient belief that a life force is contained in the blood. Therefore, when animals are slaughtered, there is a special person who does this and this person literally cuts the throat of the animal so that it has to bleed to death - thereby the meat is drained of blood. Animal rights activists are kind of pissed about this. Orthodox Jews say it's a humane way to kill animals, but I'm not so sure about that. Who knows.
New York City has to be the most diverse place on the planet and you'll see signs and symbols of probably every religion on Earth here. For instance, Catholics have a holiday in which a priest smears ashes (from a burnt plant) on a person's forehead one day a year to remind everyone of his/her mortality. This day is called Ash Wednesday. Naoko was also perplexed (confused) by this. She said, "Who are these people with the black "x" es on their foreheads?" Again I asked her who she thought they were and she responded, "I think they all support the same athletic team. The Mets? The Yankees?" No Naoko, they are Catholics celebrating the beginning of a 40 day period of sacrifice leading to the holiday of Easter, when they believe that Jesus rose from the dead. You'll see lots of differing types of outfits (clothing) to signify membership in differing religions in New York City. This city has everything.